Staple Hill & Mangotsfield
Winning candidates Ian Boulton, Michael Bell and Katie Cooper
LABOUR massively increased its margin of victory in the Staple Hill & Mangotsfield ward.
Sitting councillors Ian Boulton, Michael Bell and Katie Cooper were all re-elected, with the margin between the third-placed Labour candidate and the leading Conservative in fourth increasing to 1,225, from 550 four years ago.
The three Labour candidates secured 70% of the votes cast between them, up from 58% in 2019; all three received more than 2,000 votes, while none of the other candidates polled above 1,000.
Ian Boulton topped the poll with 2,331 votes, followed by Michael Bell with 2,153 and Katie Cooper with 2,014.
The leading Tory candidate was Andy O’Hara, who received 789 votes, followed by fellow Conservatives Andrew Shore and Anil Mishra.
The three Liberal Democrat candidates were placed seventh, eighth and ninth, more than 200 votes behind the sixth-placed Tory.
Ian Boulton (Lab): 2,331
Michael Bell (Lab): 2,153
Katie Cooper (Lab): 2,014
Andy O’Hara (Con):789
Andrew Shore (Con): 604
Anil Mishra (Con): 556
Andrew Daer (LD): 337
Brenda Allen (LD) 228
Gabrielle Davis (LD) 222